Definition of minke whale
: a small grayish baleen whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) with a whitish underside —called also minke
Origin of minke whale
part translation of Norwegian minkehval, from minke- (perhaps from Meincke, a crewman of Svend Foyn †1894 Norwegian whaler) + hval whale
First Known Use: 1939
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